Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we’ve got us a contender.
Behind another standout performance from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys took another step toward proving the skeptics wrong by going into Green Bay and defeating the Packers 30-16. It marked only the team’s second victory at historic Lambeau Field in Dallas’ 57-year history.
In doing so, Prescott just keeps checking off boxes, this time going into perhaps the toughest road environment in the NFL and coming out on top. And yes, there were times when he looked all the part of a rookie, as he threw his first interception and had yet another fumble, but he kept his poise and still completed 66.7 percent of his passes (18 of 27) for 247 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
Sure, the rookie tandem of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott was again outstanding, but the main reason why the Cowboys were able to come away with an impressive 28-14 victory over the Bengals in front of 91,653 fans was because of the play of their offensive line.
In the week leading up to the game, Cincinnati’s highly touted defense knew they’d have their hands full, defensive tackle Domata Peko saying, “We hear a lot about their offensive line and a lot about this Dallas Cowboys offense, but we’ll see what happens Sunday. We might be hearing about this Bengals defense after this.”
It never seems easy with this bunch, but at least the final score was a nice change of pace for Dallas fans accustomed to tight outcomes with their Cowboys.
In taking care of the struggling Chicago Bears, 31-17, in front of 90,554 fans and a prime-time television audience, the Cowboys defeated an opponent by at least two touchdowns for the first time since a 44-17 victory over the rival Redskins in the final game of the 2014 campaign.
This Dak Prescott kid? Looks like he can play.
Despite starting in his first career NFL road game, the rookie quarterback kept his composure and led the Dallas Cowboys to a 27-23 victory over the rival Washington Redskins. He completed 73.3 percent of his passes for 292 yards and no interceptions for an impressive passer rating of 103.8. He also recorded his first career rushing touchdown while leading Dallas to 432 total yards of offense.
But Prescott wasn’t alone. Fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 83 yards while averaging 4.0 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown of his own. And after being relatively quiet in the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the Giants, Dez Bryant busted loose for 102 receiving yards off of seven catches. Cole Beasley added another five receptions for 75 yards.
In what is seemingly becoming an annual affair, the Dallas Cowboys opened the 2016 regular season against a familiar opponent, the New York Giants. This marked the second straight year that the two have faced each other in the year’s first game and the fourth time in the last five campaigns.Overall, the Cowboys have opened a season nine times against their NFC East rivals and came into this one with a perfect 8-0 record. Well, make that 8-1, as Dallas fell 20-19 to the Giants in front of a sold-out crowd of 92,867 fans.
While nobody likes to lose, by falling to the rival Washington Redskins, 34-23, in front of a crowd of 90,127, Dallas only improved its positioning in the next NFL Draft, which in turn will hopefully lead to a better season in 2016.
Because this year was already a lost cause, the Cowboys having been eliminated from the playoffs two weeks earlier. And with the Redskins secure as the NFC East champion and the conference’s fourth seed, there was nothing much on the line in this tilt.